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Old 12-31-2006, 06:21 PM   #1
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Lethargic hermits

Yesterday I got 6 tiny blue-legged hermit crabs. I drip acclimated them for 2 hours before adding them to the tank. They scurried around last night and were all in different places this morning, but the 4 that I can see have scarcely moved since then. Are they just adjusting to their new surroundings or is something wrong?

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4 Astraea snails, 1 feather duster, 1 sixline wrasse, 1 cleaner shrimp, 5 nassarius snails. (the shrimp and nassarius were added yesterday as well and are doing fine except for 1 nassarius that didn't get down into the substrate fast enough and the wrasse got a piece of him.
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Old 12-31-2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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I would not worry just yet, may still be adjusting.

Sometimes inverts can be sensitive to acclimation.

Give it a day or so and check back.
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I agree give them some time. You`ll be OK.
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Well, I just checked again and found 5, all are just hanging out but look fine. I've not had these guys before so I'm a little paranoid! The shrimp is happy as can be and wolfed down some brine shrimp and a pellet, so I'm happy about that.
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I was the same way when I was newer to the hobby. You just care about your animals, a good thing!
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Make sure you have bigger shells for the hermits to grow into. Remember, they may munch on your snails, especially if they have bigger shells.
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I'll second getting extra shells. When I added mine, I also added a variety of different sized new shells. After mine came out of the coma you described newfound77951, they went on a shell swapping adventure. Seemed like every morning I got up, they were all in new shells. Funny, as most ended up back in the same shells they started with! Shell envy, I guess.

Also be warned that most likely in 3-4 weeks you'll start to see what appears to be crab carcasses laying around. Most likely, they're just their molted shells. After they molt, they seem to go find a quite nook or cranny and hide out for a couple days. You'll swear it's dead because you have the "carcass" (actually the molted shell) and you can't find all your crabs. In a couple days, it'll reappear.
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